Wescoal, through its two divisions – Mining and Trading – is a coal-focused mining company incorporating mining, processing, selling and distribution of coal and coal-related products. The operating assets of the mining division consist of four mines, namely Arnot, Elandspruit, Vanggatfontein and Khanyisa, and four processing plants located in the Mpumalanga province. Moabsvelden, which is adjacent to Vanggatfontein, is a growth project within the mining division. The trading division is a strategic distribution business that specialises in the supply of coal, by road and rail, and is made up of three operations countrywide, as well as a logistics network covering South Africa. The key component of the Wescoal business strategy is to be a responsible and contributing corporate citizen guided by an ethical business philosophy and core values.
Through its community investment strategy, Wescoal is committed to the empowerment, development and growth of disadvantaged communities.
In conjunction with the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), local community forums and local and regional councils create, manage and monitor all the commitments of the SLPs to the benefit of the local communities where its operations are located. Wescoal participates in the incubation of community-based initiatives that will provide long-term contractual services to its operations. R6.4-million was spent on housing during the year.
Contributions were made to the following projects in support of social and community upliftment during the year:
• Thirty-three housing units at Elandspruit. Construction is planned for post-lockdown
• Sewing project realised – currently used for masks for COVID-19• Poultry project planned for FY21
• Agricultural hub project at Elandspruit: The beneficiaries have been identified and trained on farming. Simeka Harvest has a service level agreement to provide support to the centre. The service provider is currently installing the farming tunnel
• Community skills development centre – Delmas development centre operations are supported monthly. A grader has been purchased on behalf of the centre. The project will be supported for six months through the payment of a service provider to conduct training with the grader
• Phola Hall renovation project completed
• Tunnel Farming Project for Khanyisa
• Phase 1 of 12 houses at Khanyisa completed and handed over in February 2020. Phase 2: 12 houses commenced in April 2020
Exciting highlights for the year
• Strong partnerships with formal community structures in all areas of our mining operations
• Introduction of an ESG platform to guide all our operations
• Increase in transformed leadership from shareholding, board, management and staff
• Appetite for growth – both from resources and customer base
• Improved operational excellence, especially at the Vanggatfontein mine